The economic history of Dominican agriculture has been linked to the cultivation of tobacco. Today, it is one of the main agricultural areas in terms of GDP contribution in its different processes, which also generates 105 thousand jobs. The production of handmade cigars (puros) in the country makes it the world’s largest producer.
The country maintains a high leadership in the production and marketing of local and international products related to tobacco. Of the total of agricultural products for export, 43% corresponds to tobacco and its derivatives.
In the Dominican Republic there are prestigious companies related to this production, among which we can mention La Aurora, La Tabacalera, Tabadom, and others.
The highest concentration of tobacco is in El Cibao (most in the central zone), and in the Northwest; especially in the provinces of: La Vega, Monseñor Nouel, Espaillat, and Santiago which have the highest percentage of crops; followed by Puerto Plata, Valverde, Dajabón, Santiago Rodriguez and Monte Cristi. Soil conditions and the climate itself greatly contribute to the strength of those places in terms of production.